ME Society Scholarship

The ME Society scholarship is a fellowship program that targets early and mid-career professionals currently working in various fields. It enables fellows to engage in developing and/or implementing projects/solutions/ideas in the field of energy access in developing economies.

Examples:

  • Working on a business plan to look for funding for an innovative / startup idea that the candidate has.
  • Organizing an awareness raising campaign for a community within his/her country, etc.;
  • Participating in or organizing a conference on decentralized RE/EE and its relationship with other topics such as climate change, sustainable development, etc.
  • Field research necessary to enable a further project / idea
  • Support / extension through a new ^12 340
  • +P working package to an existing / recently finished project/
  • Working on the development of a research proposal in order to join the microenergy systems research group (Or a comparable institution)

Types of support:

  • Living stipend:
    • Thanks to the financial support, scholars will be able to work full-time on their project, including travel costs for the empirical research
  • Pro-bono or subsidised coaching:
    • Coaching or support from experienced professionals with legal, strategy, finance, communication or other relevant background
  • Co-working space:
    • Access to co-working space in an exciting working environment
  • Mentoring:
    • Scholars are supported whether with direct mentoring or support to find a mentor (or for researchers, a supervisor)

Eligibility

Early and mid-career professionals / teams who have a personal project/solution/ idea which:

  • fits with and contributes to the current research agenda of the MES Research Group,
  • targets Africa and/or South and South-East Asia,
  • fits with and contributes to the development and dissemination of the bottom up global energy transition, eg. through
    • Swarm electrification
    • Swarm mobility
    • Digitalization of the microfinance sector through energy/climate projects
    • leapfrogging concepts, activities and technologies that will enable BoP citizens to become smart prosumers of clean energy

Selection Criteria

The evaluation criteria which would be applied to screen each applicant are listed in the table below. An application will be considered successful if it has collected a minimum of 85% of all possible points. If it is competing with other application, the one (s) with the highest scoring will be chosen.

Criteria Points in total assessment
Fits with the current research agenda of the MES group.
Fits with and contributes to the development and dissemination of the bottom up global energy transition
Methodology / approach that balances innovation and past fellow experience / skill set to result in quality outputs.
TOTAL:
  • Fit with the current research agenda of the MES group. The scholarship program aims to contribute to the research outputs of TU Berlin’s MES Research Group. For 2018, MES' agenda includes swarm electrification; micro-clima (climate change adaptation and mitigation win-wins through energy access interventions); the nexus of energy access (micro perspectives on the interactions between energy and climate change, food security/agriculture/land use, and water, digitalization); multi-tier framework (measurement of energy access at the micro-level), digitalization in the field of energy access.
  • Fits with and contributes to the development and dissemination of the bottom up global energy transition.
  • Swarm electrification
      • Swarm mobility
      • Digitalization of the microfinance sector through energy/climate projects
      • leapfrogging concepts, activities and technologies that will enable BoP citizens to become smart prosumers of clean energy
  • Balance between innovation and past fellow’s experience.
    • Link between the idea and the experience and skill set of the applicant

Application Process

To apply for the scholarship, prospective fellows need to submit an application that includes:

  • Short motivation letter (1 page), explaining how this scholarship program will benefit them, e.g. help with the implementation of their project/ idea, with their broader professional development and goals, with building and/or sustaining a professional network / community, etc.
  • CV, demonstrating e.g. social/civic engagements, previous (social) entrepreneurship activities, previous/current scholarships and awards, etc.
  • Project proposal: short document (1 page) describing their project idea, its timeline, etc., as well as 2−3 slides visualizing / summarizing the same.
  • Financing plan: 1 page listing the financial needs of the applicant, i.e., how much money is needed for different activities such as traveling, research, etc.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are evaluated once per quarter by a committee of professionals (both practitioners and researchers) working in the field of energy access.

Expected Commitment

  • Write a blogpost about your experience within the scholarship and about your project, to be disseminated to external audiences.
  • Participate in 1−2 events during the scholarship: e.g. webinars, face-to-face meetings with other participants in ME Society and MES Scholarship programs.
  • Present your activities in public and clearly mention that they are supported by the Microenergy Society / Microenergy Research Group
  • Supervision or co-supervision of undergraduate students from the MES research group
  • If you are developing a research project with the support of the Microenergy Society, you should become member of the Microenergy Research Group.
  • A commercial /economic use of the results / outcomes of the activities supported by a microenergy scholarship should be communicated and discussed with the board.
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